MODIFIED on March 7, 2021
Rupert Carabin was a craftsman who was initially trained in intaglio carving. At the turn of the twentieth century, this contemporary of Linke but also of Rodin provides a transition from the symbolist decoration of the previous century into a new and more expressive art.
This furniture maker integrates into his pieces female nudes expressing the passions, with a morphological realism that excludes eroticism. Misunderstood in his time, his quest for creative yet functional furnishings flanked with figurative themes anticipates Rateau and the Art Déco.
On March 12 in Paris, Millon sells a clock signed by Carabin in 1910, during the short period when his artistic importance was acknowledged. It is estimated € 150K, lot 1.
The clock is inserted into an amethyst block that supports a patinated bronze 1 meter high. This unique piece made to order is titled L'envolée des heures (Soaring hours).
The bronze displays six nude women. Three of them form a chain similar to a swirling smoke, the last of them expressing fear for arriving so high. The other three women will fail to stop this upward movement and the inexorable drift of time.
Please watch the video prepared by Millon before they sold the same piece for € 187K including premium on April 8, 2015, lot 23.
high bid € 144K